Blue – Gray Luncheon, November 8, 2019

A meeting of members and friends of the Phoebe Yates Pember Chapter #2532 United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1865.

26th Annual Blue-Gray Luncheon, Friday, November 8, 2019, at 11:30 a.m.

Program:  Stories from WWII (1939-1945)

80 years later – What is relevant today?

Speakers Lt. John W. Blankenship, USN (retired) founding director of Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation

and Special Guest Lt. Col. Travis Buehner, Commanding Officer UCSB ROTC

For more information, please contact Mary E. Hall


Blue-Gray Luncheon

Friday, November 9, 2018, 11:30 a.m.
A meeting of members and friends of the Phoebe Yates Pember Chapter #2532 United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Our program will be “Civil War Surgery and the Evolution of American Medicine.” Dr. Serge C. Kaska, Orthopedic Surgeon, will present the status of medicine during the Civil War, the problems confronting medical practitioners, the names of major players in the efforts to provide and improve care for the wounded and the rapid advances in medical practices that set the stage for the emergence of modern medicine.

Contact Debbie Kaska for more information.

March 9, 2018

Program: Civil War Antiques Roadshow.
As Senior Vice President Debbie Kaska explained in her e-mail,”You are invited to share any treasured item that relates to the Civil War, your veteran ancestor or that period in history.”
If you are fortunate enough to have a Civil War treasure to share, Debbie asks that you let her know prior to the meeting.
We always look forward to this unique program. Seeing these special treasures and hearing the stories behind each one is always a most interesting learning experience.

VETERANS HOME UPDATE: Just a reminder that our March meeting is the only time you have to donate snack items for the veterans living in the Veterans Home of California-Ventura.
We’re collecting individual snack items such as: candy, protein/granola bars, gum, crackers/cheese, crackers/peanut butter, small bags of nuts, dried fruit, cookies, etc.
Your donations will be delivered April 13th. So, if you’d like to participate, please bring your items to the March meeting.
Thanks again for your continued support of our veterans.

MENU: The chef has provided the following entree selections for this month:

*FISH: Mahi Mahi served with Mushroom Risotto, Seasonal Vegetables and Smoked Tomato Beurre Blanc Sauce

*CHICKEN: Chicken Breast served with Fresh Artichoke-Potato Puree, Seasonal Vegetables and Grape-Herbs Pan Sauce

*VEGETARIAN: Vegetarian Spiced Spring Cous Cous Salad with Vegetables, Saffron and Currants

*Cost for a member’s lunch is $20.00 and our guests are charged $28.00.

Blue-Gray Luncheon Thursday, November 9, 2017

Program and Speaker: Patricia (Pat) Rumpza, USAF Lt. Col (Ret),
WOMEN IN VIETNAM, Did we make a difference?
with special guest, LT. John Blankenship,
USN (former), from Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation

Reservations (paid in advance) must be made and paid by November 3, 2017. $33 each for Seabass, Chicken or Vegetarian. Submit your check with your meal choice payable to Dorothy Oksner.

Contact Mary Hall at or Dorothy Oksner at for further information, with Subject Line “Blue-Gray Luncheon.

April 19, 2017 – Luncheon at the Sahyun

Tent 22 luncheon meeting at the Sahyun Library will feature the Civil War collection hosted by Sue Ramsey, President; and the Records Preservation being conducted at the library led by Dorothy Oksner. This is a potluck luncheon, so bring some tasty treats to share. The meeting will be from 11:30 to 1 with a tour of the library following lunch.

The Sahyun Library is located at 316 Castillo Street, near the corner of West Montecito St.  Take the Castillo Street off-ramp going south, and if coming from the south, take the Bath Street exit going north.  There is plenty of parking in the back.


February 10, 2017 – Program

Our speaker will be our own Senior Vice-President, Debbie Kaska. Her talk is entitled, “Britain and the American Civil War.” As a preview, Debbie writes that “By 1860, Britain and the U.S. were partners in trade and had many common interests.  The split between the states, therefore, was of intense interest in Britain.  Both the North and the South wanted Britain on their side during the war.The talk is about critical decisions by both the Union and the Confederacy that ultimately resulted in Britain’s neutrality.” 
Also, Secretary, Cathy Jordan reports that she’ll have your new 2017 roster ready to hand out.